The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has "adapted extremely well" to life behind bars, her lawyer tells PEOPLE

By K.C. Baker
Updated April 29, 2015 08:10 AM
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Teresa Giudice has been in prison for almost four months now and is “adjusting well” to life behind bars, her lawyer tells PEOPLE.

One reason: “She is helping to teach exercise classes,” says her attorney, James J. Leonard Jr. “The women take turns leading classes and she has her little group, so once in a while she takes the lead.”

Considering how many cookbooks Giudice, 42, has written, she also has a job in prison that is just right for her.

“Teresa has a job working in the kitchen,” he says. “She told me she enjoys it because it helps her pass the time and allows her to interact with the other inmates.

“Plus, she loves being in the kitchen, because it reminds her of home,” he adds.

In the meantime, the mother of four is doing her best to deal with life in prison. She has traded her designer dresses for olive green and gray prison jumpsuits and has to abide by the prison’s rigid, daily schedule.

“Prison is all about establishing and maintaining a routine, and she has done that,” says Leonard. “She has adapted well.”

That includes making new friends. In recent weeks, reports surfaced saying she was acting like “a diva.”

Not so, Leonard says.

“Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false,” he says. “She is getting along well with everyone – staff, inmates – all the way down the line.”

Giudice turned herself into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, on Jan. 5. She is serving time for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

She will be released for home confinement Dec. 23 until her sentence is finished in early February, Leonard says.

For more on Teresa Giudice in prison, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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